Monthly highlight from School District 622


Christine Osorio Independent School District 622 Superintendent

An AVID student is sharing her binder with one of the AVID evaluators. 

This is a class participating in a Socratic Seminar where participants seek deeper understanding complex ideas in the text through rigorously thoughtful dialogue. After reading the common text, several questions are posed — primarily open-ended, world connection, universal theme and literary analysis questions. Such questions allow students to think critically, analyze multiple meanings in text and express ideas with clarity and confidence.

Excitement abounded this month as John Glenn Middle School was named an AVID National Demonstration School. John Glenn Middle School has been highly certified for several years, but the distinction of a National Demonstration School is reserved for only a select number of member schools that have reached a high level of implementation of the AVID system. In fact, less than three percent of AVID schools internationally receive this honor.  

AVID stands for advancement via individual determination, and the mission of AVID is to close the achievement gap and prepare students for college and a future career. AVID National Demonstration Schools go through a rigorous process which validates that the school offers students rigorous experiences in all SWICOR — speaking, writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading — instructional strategies.

To become a demonstration school is an 18-month process that involves multiple visits from Central AVID leadership as well as a mock-validation visit. AVID assigns schools a coach that helps support and guide schools through the process.

Principal Jill Miklausich’s visionary leadership was a driving force when it came to securing this achievement. John Glenn Middle School is also led by a site team of teacher leaders and their administrative team. This group meets twice a month to discuss the implementation of AVID and to ensure that the use of AVID strategies impacts learners throughout the school.

Although there are 84 seventh and eighth grade students in the AVID elective at John Glenn Middle School, AVID strategies are embedded throughout classrooms supporting all students. The hope is to offer another section of the AVID elective next year.

Some of the most notable gains demonstrated among these student leaders include: confidence, organization, leadership, a connection with school, engagement in learning and a college and career ready mindset. There is also a great sense of camaraderie among AVID students.

AVID creates and grows young leaders. I am proud to share the news of this big achievement with the community. Our #AVIDFAMILY makes me #622Proud!

 

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